Library of Congress: Newly Digitized Veterans History Project Collection Showcasing Veteran Artists. “Researchers, veterans and their families now have access to ‘Veterans and the Arts,’ an online ‘Experiencing War’ website feature highlighting the stories of veterans who pursued the arts during their post-military lives. This new feature includes nine digitized collections from the Veterans History Project (VHP) archive, each of which holds the first-person narrative of a veteran who used artistic endeavors – such as music, creative writing, sculpture, ceramic arts and even the culinary arts –to assist in the transition to civilian life after serving.”
Stars And Stripes: New study shows veteran benefit discrepancies between states. “Several years ago, Iraq War veteran Kayla Williams and her family moved to Pennsylvania, where she and her husband received $500 each semester toward her two children’s school costs, thanks to a statewide benefit. The only problem? They had relocated from Virginia — a state that provides free tuition to children of disabled veterans. Williams’ husband, also a veteran, has a 100 percent disability rating from the VA.” A new database allows veterans to compare benefits offered by state governments.
WABI: Maine Troop Greeters add online database for challenge coins. “More than 6,000 challenge coins line the wall at Bangor International Airport. It’s a collection that has been growing since 2003 as returning troops leave the tokens that represent their military unit. Now, it’s large enough that the greeters have added an online database to help people find specific coins.”
Marine Corps Times: Veterans database launching to link veterans with entertainment industry employers. “Veterans interested in the entertainment production industry will have a new resource to connect with employers, thanks to a new non-profit organization called Vets2Set slated to launch on Nov. 6.”
State Archives of North Carolina: New Additions to Civil War Digital Collection. “A selection of 12 volumes from the Soldiers’ Home Association have been added to the Civil War digital collection. These volumes document the history of medical care for veterans and the elderly around the turn of the 19th century.”
Connecting Vets: New platform creates digital memorials for all veterans in national cemeteries. “A new searchable online tool from the Department of Veterans Affairs and National Cemetery Administration allows creates digital memorials for fallen service members buried in national cemeteries across the United States. The Veterans Legacy Memorial is an online memorial space managed by the National Cemetery Administration, which oversees the 136 national cemeteries where 3.7 million veterans are interred.”
Digital Library of Georgia: Oral histories from Georgian WWII veterans now freely available online. “Video recorded recollections from 50 World War II veterans originally from the Bainbridge, GA, area are now available online through YouTube and the Digital Library of Georgia. The interviews, which were originally captured on VHS and VHS-C tapes, were digitized as part of a summer student practicum program sponsored by Georgia HomePLACE, a unit of the Georgia Public Library Service, the Southwest Georgia Regional Library System, and the Clayton State University Master of Archival Studies program.”